Let me see if I got this right, the Collection edition gives you a one week start, before the standard edition, starting on Sept 22nd.
But, the game is only shipped/available on Sept 22nd, which means that people outside the US might have to wait some days, to a week to get the game delivered to them, which in other words, the whole purpose of having a 1 week start is useless for these people because they might not be able to play on the 22nd, or even days after that.
Why don't they make the start date a bit later than the 22nd? so everyone that pre-ordered the Collection edition gets to play and use the full extend of the 1 week.
Anyone correct me if I am wrong, I am here looking at Gamestop websites, and Bestbuy, while Gamestop says "Pre order ships on 9/22/2010" if you read the meaning of pre-order, it only means that that is the date when they pick up the game from the vendor and ship it to the buyer, which doesn't guarantee receiving the game that same day. At Bestbuy website, it is even better, they state that "Estimated Shipping Date via: Ground Shipping Delivery 09/23/2010 - 09/28/2010" and the time do not change even if you use Expedited Shipping, which is more expensive.
So in other words, get it from Best buy and you might be lucky to play the full week, or just 2 days before the Standard edition starts.
:) thanks to this amazing info, I am really pondering if buy 2x Collection editions, or just get 2x Standards. extra 30$ seems little, but extra 60$ isn't so little at all.
I do wish they would had put more thoughts about all this instead of just throwing the game in store and giving some Bonus for a 80$ game that they cannot even assure the customer that you will actually be able to have the game ready to run on the 22nd.
So in my point of view, the 1 week pre-release play time, isn't 100% true.
I got to play other games with pre-release week bonus, and their system was a bit better, where they emailed you a 1 week key to activate your game for that time, if you are one of the people that bought the pre-order Collection box, with that key you could download the game and install it, and play every single day during the pre-release, the key expiring on the last day of this period and a new key (included in the game box) having to be activated then.
So tell me, why didn't Square Enix think about all this, there is no information about how this is going to work, we will get a key emailed to us? we will be able to download the game days before the 22nd? or we will have to cross our fingers so we get our box in time to enjoy the 1 week we are paying for?
Edited, Jul 6th 2010 5:06pm by aeryne